This trip was about connections:
Joffrey - a young student I met on the flight from Amsterdam to Entebbe, via Kigali. He just finished his engineering degree in the US and was heading home. A great conversation about the transformation of Rwanda.
Victoria - Biomass Briquettes - Uganda - looking to start a business with her.
Edie - Slow Food International, Slow Food Uganda, 10,000 Gardens in Africa - school garden & community gardens are just around the corner for us.
Fred - J.E.E.P. - fuel efficient institutional sized stoves - will be installing one in the school within the next month or so.
Todd - he visited us from Kigali, Rwanda, a friend of David's originally from Portland. Interesting to hear how Rwanda is developing.
Students from BYU - can't remember their names at the moment, both working on creating science experiments that can be used in rural Uganda without a huge science lab. They may be visiting Victoria in August!
Henry - Nelson's friend from Katwe, so knowledgeable and willing to share information about the environment with the teachers.
Kevin - from Huntington Beach, CA - working a documentary about Malaria - the forgotten epidemic. He had amazing videos on wildlife that he shot - it was like going to the movies every night.
James & Michael - brothers from near Mount Elgin. James, a young doctor, is working with Kevin and others to build a medical clinic in his small town. Michael is a long haul driver. We had two amazing dinners & conversations with Kevin, James, Michael, Ali, Linda & myself. At one point they were telling us about the things that happen in Uganda, they were all laughing and both Linda and I had jaws that were dropping and faces of disbelief.
Kate - working on her Masters in Africa but also volunteering at Unite for the Environment -Uganda. It is a program that brings conservation education to schools.
Ali - our driver, no scrap that, our friend. He has taught us so much about Uganda.
...and I still have the flight home!